ABC news James Kelly 4 December 2013
A group of North Queensland cane farmers has pledged to improve their use of chemicals to reduce their toxic effects on the Great Barrier Reef.
But environmental group WWF says the deal does not go far enough in reducing nitrogen run-off.
A group of cane growers at Mackay signed up to the initiative known as SmartCane this morning.
Farmer Michael Deguara says the deal means using chemicals more effectively.
Science Alert University of Queensland 29 November 2013
An international team of engineers and biologists has developed a new technique that could lead to improved infection diagnosis for cystic fibrosis patients.
The technique to separate bacteria based on small genetic differences was developed by scientists from The University of Queensland, Belgium’s Ghent University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.
It has been published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore 29 November 2013
In January 2013, topsoil blocked the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant after four times the level of the January 2011 floods washed downstream to the bay.
That meant the city of Brisbane was within hours of running out of drinking water.
Healthy Waterways report cards into the condition of greater Brisbane’s rivers, streams and Moreton Bay’s water continually show there is a serious problem emerging
Brisbane Times Tony Moore November 28, 2013
Brisbane, you have a problem.
And your problem is eroded topsoil.
Eroded topsoil from Lockyer Valley farms is Brisbane’s Achilles’ heel.
It is Brisbane’s Achilles’ heel because it will choke our drinking water.
ABC News Margot O’Neill 26 November 2013
One of Australia’s largest and most diverse Antarctic expeditions heads south this week to update the precious scientific records made 100 years ago by explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
Expedition leader Professor Chris Turney from the University of New South Wales says Mawson and his team collected hundreds of thousands of measurements on the frozen continent that have become critical to charting signs of global warming.
ABC News Kate Stephens 25 November 2013
Thousands of fish have died in the Chinaman Creek Dam that sometimes supplies water to the north-west Queensland town of Cloncurry, east of Mount Isa.
The dam is a water source for the Cloncurry Shire Council but is not currently being used.
Cloncurry resident Ed Bird says he saw about 3,000 fish on the edges of the dam yesterday morning.
The dam is currently below 20 per cent capacity.
ABC News Charmaine Kane 22 November 2013
More than 10,000 litres of raw sewage has spilt near a popular creek at Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Water says a sewerage main was damaged during construction work in the car park of the Currumbin RSL Club yesterday afternoon.
ABC News William Rollo 18 November 2013
Gladstone Ports Corporation has dismissed allegations that damaging reports about its dredging program were withheld from environmental authorities. The reports were compiled in late 2011 and find “harmful algal blooms may have been a possible contributing factor in the fish disease syndrome” that occurred around the same time.
Veterinary pathologist Matt Landos, who has investigated Gladstone’s fish health issues, says it proves there was a cover up.
The Australian Graham Lloyd 18 November 2013
AN outbreak of diseased fish in Gladstone Harbour coincided with a toxic algal bloom that may have been fed by a leaking rock wall used to contain dredge spoils from the $33 billion Curtis Island LNG projects.
Gladstone Ports Corporation has known about the algal bloom and increased sediment from its infrastructure works for more than two years but only in recent weeks has it made the reports publicly available.
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